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July 18th

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OLB coach Brian Michalowski: “Their heads are where they need to be, they have the experience and I’m just looking forward to seeing what we can do”

From the Daily Camera … Getting to the quarterback wasn’t a major problem for the Colorado defense a year ago.

Getting there more often from the outside, however, will be a point of emphasis for the Buffaloes this season.

CU ranked fourth in the Pac-12 with 2.42 sacks per game (29) in 2018 – the team’s second-best per-game average since joining the conference in 2011. Much of that production came from the middle of the field, though, as defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson (8.5 sacks, 16 pressures) and linebacker Nate Landman (4 sacks, 3 pressures) were two of the most productive Buffs.

Of the 29 sacks, only 9.5 came from the outside linebackers. Carson Wells, now a sophomore, had 4.5 sacks, but only one other outsider backer had more than one: Drew Lewis, who has since graduated, with two.

Getting pressure on the quarterback is vital, regardless of where it comes from, but first-year outside linebackers coach Brian Michalowski said it’s important for his group to be productive.

“I think it’s really important for us to generate a pass rush because we’re coming from the outside, we’re collapsing the pocket and we’re having that clock in the quarterback’s head tick down,” Michalowski said. “That makes all the difference.”

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July 17th

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Draft Wire interviews Laviska Shenault 

From DraftWire.com … If you’re looking for the best wide receiver in college football, Colorado’s Laviska Shenault, Jr. can give you a strong case.

One of the top overall prospects eligible for the 2020 NFL draft, Shenault recently spoke exclusively with Draft Wire about what he’s working to improve heading into the 2019 season, why physicality is a key attribute for a successful receiver, and what fans can expect from him this year.

JM: We’re on the brink of a very important season for you. What have you been working on this off season?

LS: I’m just trying to become a better leader, first and foremost. I’ve been busy working on every aspect of my game. I’m getting better at my craft. I need to check every box. I’ve been getting better at everything.

JM: How would you describe your skill set?

LS: I just feel like I’m a dog. I’m a play maker. I’m a big, shifty guy and I work on improving my skill set every day. I need to get better and better.

JM: You tallied 86 catches last season. That was good for over 1,000 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. How can you top that?

LS: It’s possible, as long I as keep working hard. I’m trying to go into this season with an even better mindset than I had last year. I need to play with more heart. I need to be the leader of this receiver room. I’m just putting my best foot forward.

JM: How has the coaching staff at Colorado helped you become a better player? I know that you’re working under a new coaching staff now.

LS: I’ve been blessed to work under some great coaches here at Colorado. They’ve really honed in on my work ethic. They’ve put a lot of focus on improving my work ethic. They’ve always made sure that I’m putting 100 percent effort into every play. They don’t want me to let any opportunities go to waste. I need to capitalize on every chance I get.

JM: How well are you connecting with the new coaching staff?

LS: Very well. They love me and I love them. We’ve enjoyed working together thus far. We’re getting ready for a big season.

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Other than Landman and Johnson, which Buff defenders could make an NFL roster?

From CUBuffs.com … As the opening of fall camp draws ever nearer for the Colorado Buffaloes (players are scheduled to report two weeks from Wednesday), there are some things of which we can be relatively sure in terms of personnel.

In other words, there are a handful of players on both sides of the ball who will be expected to be productive. They are the veteran, established starters coming off solid seasons. On defense, that list no doubt includes inside linebacker Nate Landman (last season’s tackles leader) and defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson (last year’s sacks leader), both of whom have been named to preseason All-Pac-12 first teams. The only surprise would be if they did not have excellent 2019 campaigns.

But Colorado’s chances of success won’t hinge on those players delivering as expected. Rather, the key will be the up-and-comers, the players who have flashed but not yet hit a steady level of consistency. If those players can take their game up a notch and become every-down contributors, they could be the difference makers in a tight game or two this fall — and thus be the difference between a postseason berth for the Buffs and another holiday season at home.

Today, we’ll take a look at some of the defensive players who might fit into that category.

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New Director of Football Equipment Operations comes to CU from Stanford

From Unionville Herald-Standard … The 2019-20 college sports season is right around the corner, and a Cal U grad is adding to his impressive resume.

After spending the last three years as the Assistant Athletics Director-Equipment Manager at Stanford University, Chris Dountas has been hired as the Director of Football Equipment Operations for the University of Colorado.

“The University of Colorado is a great place in one of the most beautiful parts of our country,” said Dountas via phone on his commute to Boulder, Colorado, from the Bay Area in California. “They have a strong tradition in football and with a new coaching staff coming in this season, things are exciting there.

“From an equipment management standpoint, CU has one of the best equipment facilities in the country, their relationship with Nike is top notch and they checked all of my boxes.”

Dountas, known to his friends in high school and college as Donut, hesitated before excitement took over his tone.

“Plus, having the Rocky Mountains as the back drop to our home games at Folsom Field isn’t bad either,” he said while laughing.

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July 16th 

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CU to be “creative in utilizing the tight end in the offense, both in blocking and receiving”

From the Daily Camera … Catching the ball in a college football game isn’t totally new to Jalen Harris. After all, he did haul in two touchdown passes during his career at Auburn.

Like the rest of the Colorado tight ends, however, Harris is expecting to get a little more attention from the quarterback this year.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Mel Tucker and new offensive coordinator Jay Johnson, CU vows to use the tight end as a weapon much more than the Buffs have in the recent past. In an effort to get this group up to speed, Tucker hired former NFL tight end Al Pupunu to coach them.

Pupunu had a record-breaking career at Weber State before playing nine seasons in the NFL. He spent the past two years coaching his alma mater.

“He’ll be creative in utilizing the tight end in our offense, both in blocking and receiving,” Tucker said of Pupunu last winter.

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Steven Montez one of five Pac-12 quarterbacks named to Davey O’Brien Award watch list

Also from the Pac-12: K.J. Costello (Stanford); J.T. Daniels (USC); Justin Herbert (Oregon); and Kahlil Tate (Arizona) …

From CUBuffs.com … For the second time in as many days, Colorado’s Steven Montez was added to a postseason award watch list.  The senior quarterback from El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday was named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, given to the nation’s top quarterback.

On Monday, Montez was one of four Buffs placed on watch lists.  He along with junior WR Laviksa Shenault were named to the Maxwell Award Watch List for the national player of the year while junior DE Mustafa Johnson and junior LB Nate Landman were named to the Bednarik Award Watch List for the nation’s top defensive player.

Montez returns as a fifth-year senior and two-year starter who is already in the top five in most passing and total offense categories in CU history.  He ranks third in CU history with 7,648 yards of total offense and fourth in career passing yards with 6,841.  He has 27 starts to his credit and has started the last 22 games.  He has two of the top five seasons in CU history for passing yards and two of the top four for total offense.

Montez holds 34 CU records, including 25 outright.  He’s completed 565-of-907 passes for 6,841 yards with 46 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.  Phil Steele ranks him the No. 12 quarterback in the nation and College Football News ranks him the No. 18 player out of the Pac-12.

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July 15th

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K.D. Nixon: “We’re not stuck on last year. We know what we need to work on”

From CUBuffs.com … After two straight losing seasons, two seasons of the Colorado Buffaloes coming up short in crunch time, CU’s K.D. Nixon is doing everything within his power to make sure 2019 produces a different story line.

Emphasis on “everything.”

“Now I understand,” Nixon said recently, in between summer workouts. “When you are a freshman, you don’t see the big picture. You just want to play football, you just want to get out on the field, so you do what everyone else is doing. But as you get older, you begin to understand what it takes. You understand you have to do more. You learn what’s important and what you have to do to be special.”

That means more than what is simply required. More than just the five-day-a-week workouts on the Buffs’ summer schedule.

It means a 24-7 regimen, a dedicated process that embraces strength, conditioning, recovery, mind and body.

“Me and Viska (roommate and fellow wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.) — we want to be legendary,” Nixon said simply. “Even though Viska had a good year, that’s in the past. People don’t get that. We’re not stuck on last year. We know what we need to work on. We know we have to be better blockers. We know we need to better teammates. We know we have to stay healthy. We know we need to make bigger plays to take this team where we want to go.”

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Darian Hagan: “My job is to make sure all six of those guys are ready to play at any given time, and they will be”

From the Daily Camera … In taking over Colorado’s starting quarterback position in 1989, Darian Hagan was blessed with plenty of talent.

What he didn’t have was much experience, having played sparingly as a freshman the year before.

“Nothing to prove that I could be a really good player,” he said. “Then, (quarterbacks coach Gary) Barnett took a really good interest in me and got me ready to play.”

Now in his fourth season as the Buffaloes’ running backs coach, Hagan faces the same task as Barnett did 30 years ago. Hagan’s group has talent, but very little experience.

“My job is to make sure all six of those guys are ready to play at any given time, and they will be,” he said.

Leading up to fall camp, which starts Aug. 1, BuffZone.com is previewing each position group for the Buffs. In this first installment, the focus is on the running backs.

During the last three seasons, Hagan and the Buffs have had the luxury of leaning on Phillip Lindsay (1,189 yards in 2016 and 1,474 in 2017) and Travon McMillian (1,009 yards in 2018), who are both now in the NFL.

What’s left at CU is a collection of talented underclassmen with a lot to prove. Sophomore Alex Fontenot is the veteran, but entering his third season in the program, he’s got just 11 career rushing attempts. The only other back with game experience is walk-on Chase Sanders, who has four career attempts.

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July 14th

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Mustafa Johnson on last-place projections: “We don’t care about that. We have something to prove”

From the Daily Camera … Flip through most of the national preview magazines and you’ll find the Colorado football team in the same spot: Last place in the Pac-12 South.

When the Pac-12 releases the preseason media poll next week, the Buffaloes will likely be last there, too.

Frankly, it’s where the Buffs should be slotted.

Nobody has owned last place like the Buffs, who have finished at the bottom seven times in eight years in the conference, including the last two seasons. History suggests the Buffs will finish there again, so it’s an easy pick to throw them at the bottom.

That doesn’t mean the Buffs will wind up at the bottom, of course, but to get respect they’re going to have to earn it on the field.

“Obviously we see it and we see what people are saying, we know what people are thinking, but we don’t care about that,” junior defensive lineman Mustafa Johnson said. “We have something to prove.”

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July 13th

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Laviska Shenault: “Everything happens for a reason, so what happened last year, it was meant to happen” 

From the Daily Camera … Shenault has scars on his leg and chest and he has spent this offseason recovering from toe and shoulder surgeries. No, the best football player CU has had in years is not invincible, but he is determined and he hasn’t been fazed by anything that’s left its permanent mark on his body.

“Yeah, I’m a soldier,” he said. “I’m never nervous, regardless of what I’m doing. I go out thinking I’m about to just be me. I don’t think about getting hurt. You think about getting hurt, you get hurt.”

Shenault got hurt last year – the toe and shoulder injuries cut a sensational season short and impacted CU’s overall campaign – but with fall camp set to begin Aug. 1, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound “freak,” as he’s referred to by teammates and coaches, is ready to roll.

“Everything happens for a reason, so what happened last year, it was meant to happen,” said Shenault, who played in only nine games, but caught 86 passes for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns, while also running for five scores. “It was meant to make me stronger, I guess, so I’m going to come back stronger.”

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Steven Montez on Manning camp: “You just try and soak up everything you can”

From CUBuffs.com …  Colorado quarterback Steven Montez had the opportunity in late June to attend his second Manning Passing Academy, but this year, the CU senior was joined by another Buff.

Making the trek to Thibodaux, La., with Montez was Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. The two served as camp counselors and also got plenty of instruction at their respective positions at the camp that features Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning, as well as their father, Archie Manning.

“There were a lot of things that we went over last year, but there was also a lot of new information,” Montez said. “I took a lot of notes, learned a lot of new things. It’s always good to get out there with guys who are multiple Super Bowl champions. You just try to soak up everything you can.”

Montez, a two-year starter at Colorado, already has his name sprinkled throughout the CU record book. He is currently fourth in Buffs history in passing yards (6,841), and with his 807 career rushing yards, his 7,648 yards is third.

Shenault, a junior, burst onto the scene last year with a breakout season that saw him lead the nation in yards per catch (9.6). Even though he missed three games with injuries, he still finished with 86 receptions for 1,011 yards and 6 touchdowns receiving and he ran the ball 17 times for 115 yards and 5 touchdowns.

“It was no doubt good for him,” Montez said. “He was catching balls from all the quarterbacks from all over the nation. He also got some great advice from guys that are future Hall of Famers that have played in the (NFL). They have a lot of valuable advice. It was good for both of us.”

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July 12th

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Mustafa Johnson:  “I’m a ball player. My goal is to come out and perform. That’s what I train to do every year”

From the Daily Camera … A year ago, Mustafa Johnson came to Colorado without a lot of hype, but plenty of motivation.

After a sensational debut season with the Buffaloes, the 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman is receiving a lot of attention, but hasn’t lost any of his motivation.

Relatively unknown as a junior college transfer last year, Johnson is now regarded as one of the top defensive linemen in the Pac-12. He’s earned preseason, first-team all-conference honors by just about every major national publication.

“I’ve seen a couple of them here and there, but I like to focus on the grind,” Johnson, now a junior, said of the preseason accolades. “All that stuff doesn’t really mean anything until I do it and make it show that I earned it and things like that. I have to keep going.”

Enjoying the grind is what got Johnson here in the first place.

At Turlock (Calif.) High School, Johnson was a two-time Central California Conference defensive player of the year, but overlooked in recruiting because he was undersized lineman, at only 250 pounds.

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Brian Cabral: CU will need to bring its “A” game to defeat the Air Force cadets

From CUBuffs.com … It has been 61 years since Colorado, Colorado State and Air Force all played each other in football in the same season.

That round-robin drought comes to an end this year, as the Buffs will face CSU in their Aug. 30 season opener in Denver (8 p.m. kickoff), then host Air Force in an 11 a.m. game Sept. 14 in Boulder. AFA and the Rams will complete the round-robin Nov. 14 in Fort Collins.

Thursday, representatives from all three programs gathered in Colorado Springs for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp.’s annual college football kickoff luncheon. Longtime Buffs assistant Brian Cabral, who recently rejoined the CU staff in an advisory/counselor role, was joined by Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun and CSU defensive coordinator John Jancek, along with CSU-Pueblo defensive coordinator Donnell Leomiti (a former standout Buffs defensive back).

“What a deal — Air Force, Colorado State and CU getting to play at one time,” Cabral said. “I do have to say that in 1974, the last time Air Force played Colorado, I just happened to be there. I was a freshman (at CU). I wanted to know what a cadet looks like — what I did find out is that you’d better bring your ‘A’ game.”

Colorado and Colorado State have played regularly since they resumed their series in 1983 after a 25-year hiatus, and have met every year since 1995. Colorado has won four in a row against the Rams and five of the last six. The current series, however, will come to an end after next season’s game in Fort Collins before resuming with a home-and-home set in 2023-24.

CU’s meeting with the Falcons will be the first since 1974, with the Buffs making the trip to AFA in 2022.

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July 10th

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Washington “Dawg Pound” previews 2019 Buffs

From the DawgPound.com … Colorado begins again in 2019. New head coach Mel Tucker, plucked straight out of the Nick Saban family tree, takes over the reigns of the Buffalo program. He inherits some really good players, but also some really significant headaches. Does Tucker’s vision of an SEC style team in the Rockies have merit? Can a first time head coach who brings with him two coordinators that each served as quality control assistants a year ago reestablish a sense of confidence in a program that has seen the highest and lowest of points over the past two years? Is there even enough talent in Boulder to make it all work in the 2019? …

Projecting the Colorado Buffaloes

… I’m not going to lie. I don’t see a lot of success in Colorado’s immediate future. When the two weakest units on your team are the defensive and offensive lines, winning football rarely ensues. I will admit that I think there is the potential for an upset or two to happen. The presence of havoc-creating defenders like Tayor and Johnson along with long-ball producers such as Montez and Shenault imply that Colorado has the potential to get over the top if a game gets close at the end. Unless most of these JUCO transfers become major contributors, Colorado will nevertheless suffer on the “every down” kinds of plays and too often find themselves on the wrong side of the sticks.

The schedule isn’t going to be all that helpful. The Buffs have a difficult OOC game with their week 2 home contest against Nebraska and then will get challenged by Air Force in what looks like a classic trap game. The in-conference schedule has just four home games this year, but three of them are against teams (USC, Stanford, and Washington) that Colorado probably isn’t ready to compete with. Thus, bowl eligibility is likely going to require that the Buffs find three wins on the road. I don’t see those wins on this schedule.

I’m going to chalk this one up to a rebuilding year for Mel Tucker and his new staff. Though I know he does not see it that way, the truth is that overhauling the culture and the system in the manner that he wishes to will take some time and an investment in players who may not yet be fully ready to compete at a PAC 12 level. The goal for this team should be getting in a position to compete for the South title in 2020.

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The Athletic posts its in-depth “State of the Program” for CU 

From The Athletic … There was a point in Boulder during spring practice that first-year coach Mel Tucker looked around at his staff, many of whom didn’t know one another before these jobs, and his players, the large majority of whom had met only him a few months earlier, and had a realization: Everything was happening more smoothly than he had anticipated.

“Everything was really organized and efficient,” Tucker said. “And I thought that we got better pretty much every day we were out there.”

Which was a good sign for Tucker, because his biggest priority this spring was getting the nuances to operate the way he wanted (and that would be nearly impossible if the largest systems weren’t acting efficiently).

“Winning and losing games … it comes down to the little things in terms of being disciplined, and obviously you have to have talent, but also, being conditioned, how hard you play, how smart you play, playing together as a team,” Tucker said. “All of those things are really what make the difference between being able to win the game … or falling short.”

In his past four years — the previous three of which were spent at Georgia, and before that, a season at Alabama — he had seen how important it was to execute in those close games. In those four seasons, he had coached 15 games that were decided by a score or less, and his teams had gone 8-7. (In the other 42 games with Georgia and Alabama, Tucker was 38-4.)

And now, he comes to Colorado, where the Buffs have been far less successful than Tucker’s squads in Athens and Tuscaloosa. Though Colorado had a similar number of close games in the past four seasons (16 games decided by a score or less, going 8-8), in the other 35 games over that span, the Buffaloes went 16-19.

So, Tucker wanted to make sure that his first spring at Colorado was spent emphasizing the big and little things. Because while the big things will help the Buffs get close — which they haven’t done often in recent history — the little things will help them win once they get there.

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July 9th 

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ESPN: Colorado has nation’s sixth-most difficult schedule

RelatedESPN’s Football Power Index

From The Spun … College football season officially starts next month, and Monday, ESPN finally released its updated FPI rankings heading into the new campaign. One of the most interesting factors for FPI is the strength of schedule.

This year’s “hardest” schedules are dominated by the SEC and the Pac-12. In fact, 11 of the top 20 come from the Southeastern Conference. Seven call the Pac-12 home.

Let’s take a look at the top 10. South Carolina, which has to play both Alabama and Clemson, comes in with the No. 1 ranking.

From the Pac-12 … 

No. 9 UCLA … UCLA has a brutal non-conference schedule that includes a trip to Cincinnati and home games against San Diego State and Oklahoma. The Bruins then also get Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, USC and Cal in Pac-12 play.

No. 8 Oregon State … Oregon State’s non-conference schedule has Oklahoma State, Hawaii and Cal Poly on the docket. They then play Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Cal, Arizona, Washington, Arizona State, Washington State and Oregon in the Pac-12.

No. 6 Colorado … Colorado takes on Colorado State, Nebraska and Air Force to start the season before playing Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Washington State, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Washington and Utah in Pac-12 play.

No. 4 Stanford … Stanford takes on Northwestern, UCF and Notre Dame out of conference. The Cardinal also get USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Colorado, Washington State and Cal.

No. 2 USC … USC has a brutal schedule, which includes Fresno State, BYU and Notre Dame out of conference. The Trojans get Stanford, Utah, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona State, Cal and UCLA in the Pac-12.

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July 8th

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Brian Cabral excited to again be associated with CU athletics 

From CUBuffs.com … Brian Cabral’s legacy is no doubt firmly cemented in Colorado football lore.

A standout player and coach, Cabral has left his mark on the Buffaloes over a span of three decades, a career that will be celebrated with his induction into the CU Sports Hall of Fame this year.

Cabral played for Bill Mallory in the 1970s and had a key role on the 1976 team that won a Big Eight title and earned an Orange Bowl berth. He won a Super Bowl ring with the 1986 Chicago Bears as part of a nine year NFL career, then returned to CU to serve 23 years as a full-time assistant coach — the longest tenure of any assistant coach in any sport in Colorado history.

But Cabral isn’t finished. Now, after a short-lived retirement, he is back working for his sixth Colorado head coach — but not in the capacity he served in previous years. After discussions with CU head coach Mel Tucker and Athletic Director Rick George over the spring, Cabral has joined Tucker’s staff as an adviser/counselor for players and coaches. Instead of teaching linebackers how to tackle on the field, he will help CU student-athletes tackle the ups and downs of everyday life — and prepare for the next step after their playing careers are over.

“My coaching was always about relationships,” Cabral said recently. “Football was an avenue in that regard. To be able to come back and work with these kids was a great opportunity. Helping young people develop has always been a passion of mine. They face so many challenges in their everyday lives and I love the thought of helping them navigate those.”

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July 6th

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Big Year Ahead for Colorado Athletics 

From the Daily Camera … According to the calendar, summer officially is only a few weeks old.

Yet for Colorado Buffaloes fans, the fall sports calendar is just around the corner. The countdown before the official dawn of the Mel Tucker era with CU football’s first practice on Aug. 1 can be measured in weeks, even days. Soon afterward the rest of the fall sports squads will follow suit, with the Buffs’ soccer, volleyball, and cross country teams all looking to make a mark nationally.

Certainly the 2018-19 school year featured a number of highlights from the Buffaloes athletic department, from a pair of national championships by Dani Jones to a second straight appearance in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament to a promising finish by the men’s basketball team that could set the stage for what CU hopes will be one of its biggest highlights in 2019-20.

Indeed, that 2019-20 school year should be even better.

As Buffs fans spend July lounging by the pool and dodging the seemingly daily dose of hail storms, here are a few of the storylines most likely to take center stage on campus during in 2019-20.

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Laviska Shenault compared to Mike Williams and JuJu Smith Schuster

From FanSided … Colorado wide receiver Laviska Shenault is one of the headline pass-catchers entering the 2019 college football season and is considered a strong bet to be a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft because of his impressive skillset as a playmaker.

It’s hard to argue with draft analysts who have Shenault ranked at or near the top of their preseason wide receiver rankings. He’s a stud after the catch who evokes running back-like qualities with the ball in his hands. We’ve seen players like him enjoy great success in the NFL before, dating back to Anquan Boldin who starred in the league because of his ability to do so much damage not only as a route-runner but also as a guy who was so hard to bring to the ground once he had the ball.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has been running through the 2020 NFL draft’s potential wide receiver class and offered a really interesting player comp for Shenault.

“I love Colorado WR Laviska Shenault,” Jeremiah tweeted Friday. “He has outstanding size/speed/physicality. His competitiveness jumps off the screen. He run blocks, pass blocks (from the wing) and attacks defenders after the catch. He’s a combination of Mike Williams and JuJu.”

JuJu Smith-Schuster has quickly emerged as one of the NFL’s elite wide receivers in large part because of what he offers the Steelers as a technician running routes and his knack for great angles and making guys miss in the open field. When Smith-Schuster was a draft prospect in 2017, the player he was most often compared to was, in fact, Bolden.

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July 4th – Happy Fourth of July!

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Steven Montez: “There’s no shoulda, coulda, wouldas in football. You need to get it done”

From The Athletic … Steven Montez was back home in El Paso, Texas, last month, watching his younger brother, Raymond, graduate from Del Valle High School when it hit him.

The end was sprinting into focus, even though the beginning still seemed so fresh.

“When I went to college (in 2015), he was a freshman in high school,” said Montez, whose senior season as Colorado’s starting quarterback begins in two months. “Seeing him graduate from high school was like, ‘Man, where did the time go?’ When I was coming in as a true freshman, I was sitting there in my dorm room thinking, ‘This redshirting is going to suck. It’s going to be horrible.’ When you’re that young, a year in your mind is the longest time. It’s like, ‘I can’t even imagine what I’m going to be doing in a month, so add 11 more months to that and I’m going to have gray facial hair by that time.’ Obviously, that’s an exaggeration, but it’s just crazy how fast college has gone by.”

No stretch during that quickly evaporating timeline has gone by in more of a blink for Montez than the past 10 months. Last October, the Buffaloes were 5-0 and ranked 19th in the country behind the stunning breakout of wide receiver Laviska Shenault and the play of a veteran quarterback who seemed poised for an all-conference-caliber season. Then Shenault got hurt, the Buffs dropped seven straight games to finish without a bowl appearance for the second straight season, Mike MacIntyre was fired and Colorado hired former Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, the first head-coaching change since Montez arrived in Boulder.

“I think it’s just been a whole bunch of adversity, and the biggest word that encompasses all of it is just change,” Montez said. “But it’s been really good for this team just to see who’s invested. I hate the term ‘bought in,’ because we’re not selling anything, but who has put the time in and who wants to be on this team and who wants to ride with us no matter what happens in the fall?”

Changing coaching staffs can be like slapping a fresh coat of paint on a program. The buzz words, the proclamations of optimism, are like new shutters or a new flower bed outside, and it can all enhance the curb appeal for a program desperate to achieve and maintain relevancy in the Pac-12.

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July 2nd 

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CU SID Dave Plati to serve on national committee to improve press relations

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado Sports Information Director David Plati will serve on a newly formed national committee that will help oversee press relations with FBS Conferences moving into the 2019 football season.

The Access/Press Relations Committee, formed by the Football Writers Association of America, will have two representatives for each of the Power Five Conferences, in which many of the issues arise in terms of accessibility. The Group of Five Conferences/Independents will have three representatives and there will be nine at-large committee members from different groups affiliated with college football.

Plati is one of three representatives of college sports information directors to serve on the committee.  The others are Doug Vance of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) and Shelly Poe of Auburn.

According to a press release from the FWAA, the committee is “a broad-based effort by the FWAA to improve press relations and accessibility with schools in terms of coach, assistant coach and player availability during the regular season and the off-season.”

Colorado has annually been recognized as one of the nation’s top programs in terms of accessibility to players and coaches. CU this year earned “Super 11” recognition by the FWAA for the sixth time since 2009 and fifth time in the last six years. Criteria employed in determining Super 11 winners not only include how press boxes and media operations are operated, but also the quality and timeliness of information provided.  Also judged was the amount of information presented and appropriately updated on websites, and personal responsiveness to media inquiries as well as the accessibility of a program’s players, coaches and assistant coaches.

The ratings considered those departments that went the extra mile in servicing the media.

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July 1st

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mel Tucker to in-state recruits: “What has Nebraska done?” 

From the Denver Post … Colorado won a major battle over old rival Nebraska last September in Lincoln, the highlight of what soon after spiraled into another lost season. But new CU football coach Mel Tucker says he’s still scrapping to win the perception war against the Cornhuskers, at least on the recruiting trail.

“There are in-state kids here who don’t care a thing about CU, so it’s a sell job,” Tucker told The Denver Post recently. “It’s like, you’ve got to win games before they’ll even consider you. I’ve been through that before, that’s just how it is. There are kids right now that you (ask), ‘Well, who are your top guys?’ And they’ll say, ‘Nebraska.’

“And you look and say, ‘Well, what has Nebraska done?’ But in their mind, that’s like way, way better than CU.”

Was Tucker using the Big Red as an example? Or drawing a line in the prairie just west of Ogallala?

Nebraska is the dance partner for Tucker’s home debut as the Buffs’ coach, a nationally televised rumble on Sept. 7 at Folsom Field. CU has another home-and-home set slated with the Big Red in 2023 (Lincoln) and 2024 (Boulder).

The Huskers have posted a 23-27 record (.460) since 2015, while the Buffs have a 24-27 mark (.471) over that same four-year stretch. Their respective fan bases walked away from 2018 in a decidedly different mood, though, given that CU dropped seven consecutive games after a 5-0 start while Nebraska won four of its final six contests in coach Scott Frost’s debut season last fall.

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June 29th

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mel Tucker on recruiting nationally: “Those guys are going to play somewhere, so why not here?” 

From the Daily Camera … The state of Utah typically produces several Football Bowl Subdivision recruits annually.

Most stay home and play for Brigham Young or Utah. Others will sign with national powers, such as Alabama, Stanford or Washington.

Colorado has never made the Beehive State a priority. Dating back to the early 1970s, when Eddie Crowder was still coaching, CU has signed just five players out of Utah. Three never saw the field. Another was dismissed from the team.

So, when first-year CU head coach Mel Tucker, during a recent interview with BuffZone.com, mentioned Utah as a priority for his staff in recruiting, it raised an eyebrow.

Tucker didn’t blink. Literally, he didn’t blink as he intensely explained why the Buffs would recruit in Utah.

“There’s some players in Utah that can help our program, so why not recruit them?” he said. “I don’t understand why we wouldn’t recruit players one state over from us or close proximity. It doesn’t make sense for me to not recruit those players to come here. What are we here for if we’re not going to go out and recruit those players?

“There’s coaches (from other schools) coming in here recruiting. I was at Georgia and we were recruiting in California and Texas; we had a quarterback from Washington. What is the limitation? What is prohibiting us from recruiting those players?”

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Manning Passing Academy counselors includes Steven Montez and, “oddly”, Laviska Shenault

RelatedManning Passing Academy brochure

From the (befuddled) Omaha World-Herald … Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez is among the camp counselors for the 2019 Manning Passing Academy, which started Thursday.

Martinez is listed in the Manning Passing Academy brochure as one of the counselors, and the academy confirmed his presence at the camp Friday morning.

Most of the camp involves college quarterbacks mentoring high school quarterbacks, with the opportunity to meet with Peyton, Eli and Archie Manning. There is typically a skills competition for the college quarterbacks, which will occur Saturday in Thibodaux, Louisiana. A handful of NFL media usually attends part of the event, as well, in part to interact with quarterbacks who could be in the pros one day.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Martinez, who had the best freshman season in Husker history, would be the third Nebraska quarterback to attend the camp. Tanner Lee did multiple times, and Taylor Martinez was the first in 2013.

Other quarterbacks listed as counselors include Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Iowa’s Nate Stanley, Colorado’s Steven Montez and, oddly, Buffs wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.

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June 28th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU finishes 50th in Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings

From Learfield Sports … The Stanford Cardinal secured its 25th overall Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup back on June 12 and finished 2018-19 with 1567.75 total points after the College World Series.

2018-19 DI FINAL
The Cardinal scored in 18 of 19 possible sports, led by six national championships, four on the women’s side (volleyball, swimming, tennis, water polo) and two men’s titles (gymnastics, golf). The following women’s scores were omitted for the Cardinal – softball, lacrosse, indoor track and field and gymnastics. On the men’s side, wrestling, swimming and football were removed from the overall total, while fencing was not counted. The Michigan Wolverines closed 2018-19 with a runner-up performance at the College World Series, to finish with 1272.25 total points and secure second-place. This is the second time Michigan finished second overall in the final standings, with its first time being in 2002-03.

From the Pac-12 … 

1. Stanford
5. USC
6. UCLA
18. Cal
19. Arizona State
24. Washington
27. Oregon
41. Arizona
50. Colorado
65. Oregon State
79. Utah
88. Washington State (Tie)

State schools:
50. Colorado
52. Denver
67. Air Force
88. Colorado State (Tie)
262. Northern Colorado

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June 27th

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU athletics enjoying a record-setting fund-raising year

From the Daily Camera … With the Champions Center, indoor practice facility and some Folsom Field upgrades completed, the Colorado athletic department has turned its focus to student-athlete development initiatives.

The response from alumni and donors has been significant.

Approaching the end of the fiscal year – which closes Sunday – CU is on the verge of a record-breaking year for fundraising. Official numbers won’t be known until later this summer, but should land in the $25-30 million range.

“It’ll be our best fundraising year that we’ve had in our history here in athletics,” athletic director Rick George said.

Although CU isn’t ignoring other capital projects that need to get done, the athletics department has spent the past year emphasizing the student-athletes more. In particular, there has been a push to prioritize mental health, nutrition and career development.

“I went into it enthusiastically and positively,” George said of the renewed focus, “because I think people want to invest in young people. I’ve been incredibly pleased with the support and the enthusiasm we have around these initiatives.

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Tim Lynott: “I got really comfortable (at center this spring). It’s the most comfortable I’ve ever been”

From CUBuffs.com … With 33 career starts to his credit, Colorado’s Tim Lynott has been on the field for the beginning of a game more often than anyone else on the current Buffaloes roster.

Now the senior offensive lineman is looking forward to wrapping up his career in style as he and his teammates prepare for their first season under the direction of head coach Mel Tucker.

The Buffs received a taste of Tucker’s style in their first strength and conditioning program in the early spring. They got a healthy dose of what the new coach expects in spring ball. Now there are in the midst of summer strength and conditioning, the next phase in preparation for the Aug. 1 opening of fall camp.

Lynott said it’s not hard to discern what Tucker and the new staff want to see from the Buffs. Those expectations have been made perfectly clear.

 “Coach Tucker always talks about being physical, being the best-conditioned team,” Lynott said after a recent workout. “That’s pretty much our culture right now and you can see it in the weight room. It’s harder than it has been in terms of running and lifting and all the other things combined. It’s a different mentality and different culture overall. I think it’s something that will definitely help us this season.”

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Class of 2019 defensive back signee fails to qualify academically

CU Class of 2019 signee Trustin Oliver, a safety from Legend high school in Parker, Colorado, did not qualify academically and will enroll at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College. CU is currently at a projected 84 scholarship players for the fall.

Below is Trustin’s Oliver Recruiting Class of 2019 bio: 

Trustin Oliver – DB

Just the facts … Committed January 23rd … Oliver is a 6’4″, 205-pound athlete from Parker, Colorado  Rivals bio  247 Sports bio

What others say about Oliver … Oliver is considered to be a three-star athlete by both Rivals and 247 Sports (he projects as a safety at Colorado). 247 Sports ranks Oliver as the No. 109 athlete in the country, and the No. 10 overall prospect out of the Colorado for the Recruiting Class of 2019.

For Legend high in Parker as a senior, Oliver had 30 carries for 216 yards (a 7.2 yards/carry average) and two touchdowns, with 45 receptions for 450 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Oliver also had 151 yards in kickoff returns, 110 yards in punt returns, and 99 yards on two interception returns. On defense, Oliver posted 25 tackles (21 solo) for the 5-6 Titans.

Former Buff and former NFL lineman Matt McChesney has worked with Oliver at his Six Zero Strength facility the last year-and-a-half. He believes Oliver is the best skill player in Colorado.

“And I don’t even think it is close,” McChesney told BuffStampede.com. “He is from Compton and has Southern California wheels and he shows them off. He is as great kid, humble, works his butt off on a daily basis. Trustin is a weight room monster. He lifts with the linemen in this room.”

Oliver had other offers from … Utah, BYU, and Colorado State, with interest from other schools, including Oregon, Louisville, and Nebraska.

Here is a link to his Hudl.com highlights.

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June 26th 

… CU in a few minutes … 

CU receives a late addition to the roster, junior college tight end Luke Stillwell

Luke Stillwell – TE

Just the facts … Committed June 26th … Stillwell is a 6’4″, 227-pound tight end, coming to CU from Kilgore junior college in Kilgore, Texas Rivals bio 247 Sports bio

What others say about Stillwell … Stillwell was not rated as a prospect by either Rivals or 247 Sports at the time of his commitment. A member of the Recruiting Class of 2018, Stillwell was a full qualifier to sign out of high school, but decided to go the junior college route instead. Stillwell will be on campus for fall camp, and is eligible to play this year, with three years of eligibility remaining.

Stillwell had other offers from … Texas Tech, TCU and UAB. Stillwell took a visit to Colorado on June 13th, then visited Texas Tech on June 19th before making his commitment.

In his own words … From Stillwell’s tweet announcing his commitment: “I want to thank the staff at Kilgore College for always pushing me to strive for greatness … Lastly, I want to thank Coach Tucker and Coach Pupunu for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level. With that being said, I would like to announce that I am committed to the University of Colorado!”

Here is a link to Stillwell’s Hudl.com highlights.

 

 

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Jon Wilner rates the best and the worst units in the Pac-12 South

From the San Jose Mercury News … After watching the South muddle through the fall and lose many of its top players to the NFL, the Hotline plunged into the division’s depth charts with great interest and one goal:

To find evidence an uptick is coming … that mediocrity won’t dominate the proceedings once again … that the South will be the equal (or close) of the North … that it has the talent and experience at enough positions to raise the Pac-12’s floor in 2019.

After hours of research, the Hotline can conclusively state that we cannot draw any conclusions.

Too many teams are too heavily reliant on unproven players, particularly on defense, for us to presume division-wide improvement.

Now that we’ve been clearly unclear about that matter …

Welcome to the final installment of the Hotline’s post-spring/early-summer look-ahead series.

Thus far, we’ve examined the overall shape of the divisions (NorthSouth), broken down the schedules and addressed the quarterback depth (analysispodcast). And last week, we focused on the strongest and weakest units for each team in the North.

*** Colorado
Strongest: Wide receivers. It starts with Laviska Shenault, one of the best in the nation, but doesn’t end with Shenault. The Buffaloes can lean on K.D. Nixon, who had 52 catches and four touchdowns last season, and Tony Brown (32 catches) when Shenault attracts the inevitable double teams … That trio alone should provide quarterback Steven Montez with plenty of options in the aerial game and open the line of scrimmage for the retooled rushing attack. But the Buffs also have promising underclassmen like Daniel Arias and Maurice Bell.
Weakest: Defensive line. We considered the offensive front for this category but defense won the coin flip … Mustafa Johnson is a first-class playmaker on the end, but he stands alone: Everyone else (starters and reserves alike) is young, unproven or both. It’s a who’s who of who, essentially … Sophomore Terrance Lang and junior college transfer Jeremiah Doss are perhaps best prepared to contribute consistently. And watch redshirt freshman Jalen Sami, who represents the unit’s size at 320 pounds.
Top talent: wide receiver Laviska Shenault. If healthy and if used properly by the new coaching staff, Shenault will contend for Pac-12 POY honors. As an all-around playmaker (Wildcat formation, slot, wide), nobody’s better.

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June 25th

… CU in a few minutes … 

ESPN 2019 Superlatives – CU’s schedule “unrivaled”

From ESPN … The absolute most important thing to understand any time you’re previewing the upcoming college football season, and especially when you’re doing a deeper dive on schedules, is that “ain’t nobody playing anybody.”

It’s a time-honored phrase and one coated in its own vernacular depending on where you reside and what team you live and die with every fall Saturday afternoon. It’s also a phrase that will invariably reach a crescendo come College Football Playoff selection time in December.

Until then, we’ll hand out a few preseason superlatives when it comes to the 2019 college football schedule, some to be proud of and some sure to cause considerable angst. As the Head Ball Coach, aka Steve Spurrier, used to say (quoting his old coach Pepper Rodgers), a coach is only as good as his players and his schedule.

And maybe there’s something to that because the two teams that played for the national championship a year ago — Alabama and Clemson — combined to face just five Power 5 teams that managed more than eight wins during the 2018 regular season. The Crimson Tide and Tigers also combined to produce 16 selections in the 2019 NFL draft, including eight players taken in either the first or second round …

Toughest open to the season – Stanford

Stanford plays six straight weeks to open the season before getting a bye, and three of those games are against teams in ESPN’s preseason rankings. The Cardinal open with Northwestern at home on Aug. 31, then face USC and UCF on the road in back-to-back weeks, return home to face Oregon on Sept. 21, play at Oregon State the next week and then come back home to face Washington on Oct. 5.

Bright lights of L.A. – UCLA

UCLA ventures outside of Los Angeles only twice during the months of October and November, to face Stanford on Oct. 17 and Utah on Nov. 16. The Bruins play at USC on Nov. 23, but that game is at the Coliseum.

Unrivaled – Colorado 

Colorado will open the season with three consecutive games against in-state or traditional rivals — Colorado State in Denver, Nebraska in Boulder and Air Force in Boulder. Thanks to some ace research by Colorado’s David Plati and his staff, there are only 13 other instances in which an FBS school has opened the season against two straight rivals since 1971, when 11-game schedules came into being. Plati and his crew could not find an instance of an FBS school opening with three straight rivals. This will be the first meeting between Colorado and Air Force since 1974.

Don’t get caught napping – Oregon 

Which Power 5 teams could get tripped up by Group of 5 teams? Among the possibilities: Oregon faces Nevada on Sept. 7, a week after the Ducks open the season against Auburn. North Carolina faces Appalachian State at home on Sept. 21. Mack Brown started his head-coaching career in Boone. Wake Forest opens the season on Aug. 30 at home against Utah State. Stanford plays at UCF on Sept. 14, and Pitt takes on UCF at home on Sept. 21.

Frequent flier miles – Stanford

The drive from Stanford University to Spectrum Stadium, where UCF plays its home football games, is 2,880 miles. Fortunately for the Cardinal, they won’t be driving for that Sept. 14 affair. Nonetheless, that’s a mighty long way to go for a football game.

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June 24th

… CU in a few minutes …

Darian Hagan: “You’ve got to offer kids to get in the game. That’s what we’re doing”

From the Denver Post … Some were huggers. Some were handshakers. Some were hip. Some were total Twitterphobes. Darian Hagan served all kinds, having been tasked with selling the Colorado Buffs football program for five different head coaches over the past 14 years as either an assistant coach or a support staffer.

Mel Tucker?

Different cat.

“When Coach (Gary) Barnett was here, we were recruiting nationwide,” Hagan, currently CU’s running backs coach, said of Tucker, CU’s first-year football boss. “When Coach Hawk (Dan Hawkins) was here, he kept it the same. When coach Mac (Mike MacIntyre) was here, he scaled back; he didn’t want to recruit nationally, so we picked places that were really good to us.

“When Coach Tucker got here, it made sense, coming from where he came from, that we recruit nationally. In Georgia, they had a philosophy where you’ve got to offer kids to get in the game. That’s what we’re doing: Offering kids to get into the game and try to get kids in here that are going to get us where we need to be and where we want to be.

“What our program had been (was), we’d gotten on the kids late. And now we’re getting on the kids early. And we’re going to reap benefits.”

The Buffs are already are, and in a big way. No football program in the Pac-12 — not Washington, not Stanford, not Oregon, not Utah, not USC or UCLA — had a more productive June than CU on the recruiting front, at least on volume. As of Friday morning, Tucker had notched seven commitments for the class of 2020 from June 1-21, according to the 247Sports.com database — tops in the league and more than twice the average (three commitments) gained by the other 11 league schools over the first three weeks of the month.

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June 22nd

… CU in a few minutes … 

Mel Tucker not lacking for confidence: “I’ve seen it done. I’ve been a major part of it getting done”

From the Daily Camera … While he has yet to coach a game with the Buffs, Tucker certainly acts and talks like a man built for success. He doesn’t have any wins under his belt, but he also doesn’t have any excuses for why CU can’t win, or why the Buffs can’t attract top talent.

Instead, Tucker sees plenty of reasons why the Buffs should be able to put a winning product on the field this fall and in the future, and he hasn’t been shy about sharing his enthusiasm. From TV and radio appearances to speaking engagements all around the state, Tucker has a knack for firing up a crowd.

“He’s really embraced the role (of an ambassador),” CU athletic director Rick George said. “The thing I like about Mel is he says it like it is. He’ll be very candid with people and I think that’s important. He does have an incredible background of success and he’s had great experiences.

“Him being out in the public has been great. I think he’s done a great job of engaging our communities.”

Part of Tucker’s enthusiasm stems from this being a new job and CU’s desire to cook up excitement for a new era of Buffaloes football. But, Tucker knows what winning football looks like and he has genuine optimism as the season draws closer.  He has built a quality coaching staff around him, and it’s a staff he trusts. Tucker also likes the talent on his roster, and expects those on the field to perform. Above all, Tucker sees great potential in CU.

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June 21st

… CU in a few minutes …

14th Annual Buffs4Life Weekend starts Sunday

NoteCU at the Game is a proud hole sponsor for the Buffs4Life golf tournament, which means I will be playing (poorly) at the golf tournament. So, if you are going to be at the BBQ or the golf tournament, I hope you’ll stop by and say “hi” … 

From CUBuffs.com … Buffs4Life, a non-profit Foundation dedicated to helping former University of Colorado athletes and coaches in need, kicks off the 2019 Buffs4Life Weekend on Sunday. The annual weekend gathering of former CU athletes and Coaches brings the CU community together with activities designed to bring families together, as well as the community at large. Buffs4Life’s fundraising campaign is a direct result of mental health issues affecting coaches and former athletes of the University of Colorado.

On Sunday, June 23rd, the community is invited to “Run with the Herd” in the 7th Annual Kyle MacIntosh Memorial Fun Run taking place on the CU Boulder campus. Runners and walkers are invited to register and join the fun with Chip, CU’s Spirit squad, current members of CU Football team and former athletes. The run begins and ends on the Buff Walk next to Folsom Field. The post-face Finisher Festival features fun and games for kids young and older, including food sponsored by Pasta Jay’s Chris Cakes, Eldorado Natural Spring Water and Sysco Denver. Registration for the run is available via this link: https://buffs4life.org/give-help/

The 2019 Kyle MacIntosh Memorial Fun Run will benefit a 529C College Fund established for TJ Cunningham’s children. TJ had a passion for youth and education. This year, Buffs4Life will run the 5K in his honor. An admonishment by the Pastor at his funeral reminds us, as he said, “I see 150 Uncles for TJ’s five (5) daughters”. We could not agree more. Collectively, we are working to support their future education, something TJ Cunningham believed in and lived as a high school principal.

“Watching the evolution of Buffs4Life has brought a year of change, and honor, to every member of our Board, our volunteers, sponsors and participants. We hear over and over how the work we’ve put in place is needed by many. Truly, it is an honor to serve the CU alumni athlete and coaching community in this way,” said Sean Tufts, Buffs4Life Board President. “In the last year, we’ve developed our own Crisis Line which means our stakeholders can reach out to trained resources in a confidential environment.  This adds an additional touch point for those who need help.”

For the past year, the Board of Directors, led by the former University of Colorado and NFL football player Sean Tufts, in conjunction with former University of Colorado football coaches Gary Barnett and Brian Cabral, have worked to align the organization with mental health resources throughout Denver including the Colorado Crisis Center.  Barnett and Cabral will be inducted this November into CU’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Laviska Shenault: “I can’t wait to get back and show the new coaches what I can do”

From CUBuffs.com … The most well-known player on the Colorado Buffaloes’ roster believes he might have the most to prove to CU’s new coaching staff when the Buffs open fall camp Aug. 1.

Just about anyone who followed college football last season knew about CU wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. by the end of the year. The then-sophomore burst onto the scene with a head-turning campaign that saw him finish with 86 catches for 1,011 yards and lead the nation in receptions per game at 9.6, despite missing three full games because of injury. Along with six touchdowns receiving, he also had 115 yards and five touchdowns rushing, making him the only player in the nation last year — and just the second in CU history — to have at least five TDs rushing and receiving in the same season.

But most of the coaches who were on CU’s sidelines last year are gone. Mel Tucker is now calling the shots for the Buffs, and while Tucker is well-aware of what Shenault is capable of doing, he also didn’t get to see that ability up close and personal in spring ball. Shenault could not participate in full drills in the spring as he was rehabbing from a pair of surgeries, and thus watched mostly from the sidelines as his teammates practiced under the new staff .

Now, as he is finally approaching the time when he expects to be cleared for full-speed work — he will be ready for the fall camp opener — he is anxious to show Tucker and CU’s other new coaches in person what they have seen only on film.

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39 Replies to “Colorado Daily”

  1. averaging less than 6 tight end receptions PER SEASON for the last 3. Did using the tight end mean fewer opportunities for Jay? or was it just another part of the brain dead MM offense?
    I am really excited about having Pupunu here. The guys creds are almost as good as Mel’s. That and the offense game plan, plays and game time management have to be better this year cause they cant be any worse.

    1. So,

      1. It appears he has the players fired up
      2. Recruiting is nice but not great. I mean really great. Win this year and the real recruiting will begin.
      3. Gonna have to make a bowl and win it to convince the kids and me
      4. Gonna have to show he and his team can prepare for the game and then run it and win with all the adjustments needed to do so.
      5. Gotta get the tight ends involved in the game. Just has to or else its a lie. Not every game of course but games the tight end can win. The staff should be able to figure it out.
      6. Dline coach has missed on some recruits. Improvement needed here
      7. This defense will not meet expectations unless the front seven are totally dominate in both the rush and the pass.
      8. The qb recruit is good. Real good.
      9. Recruiting around the country. One could say that a 3 star SEC state recruit is pretty much the same as a 4 star anywhere else. But it is interesting LSU, who is gonna get the TE from GJ, has totally stepped out of their normal dealings and recruiting around the country.

      Anyway have a nice day and may the babble continue, the force be with you and the Mighty Buffs go 7 and 6……………..and punding the kornkobs.

  2. Cabral is back finally!! Dizon, Big Chris, etc. We used to be a destination school for the islands….
    So happy. Mahalo!

  3. Keeler wouldnt be trolling for Husker hits would he? Unfortunately most of what he is saying is true. Kinda like Keeler a lot of these CO kids want to join the Nebraska slobbering co-dependency on football where they can not only be BMOC but BM in the whole cornfield. ( you can take the “BM” both ways)

  4. Stuart ~ It seems as if the Omaha World – Herald did not take the time to read the MPA brochure. They just seemed to have looked at the counselor pictures to find their QB, Adrian Martinez who happened to be on the same page (2) as Laviska. The PAC 12 by the way had 5 QB’s on the 1st page. As the brochure explains in several sections it is an offense oriented camp with specific instruction for running backs, receivers and TE’s in addition to QB’s, with some 7 v7 competitions but all is non-contact. Hey the good news is they could at least find their QB’s picture and name in addition to swallowing hard when they saw the likenesses of Montez and Schenault. Time for a “little’ol” Journalism 101 PREQ ~ Intro to Reading for the Omaha W-H.

  5. I sent a quick note of thanks to my representative Regent Glen Gallegos (CO-3) for his support of George and the athletics department.

  6. I wish I still lived in Colorado and could show my support for the Buffs at the June 13th meeting. Would also love to vote for regent but will be sure to pass along the word to those who live there

  7. I disagree vis a vis Nebraska fans coming to Boulder. We should give them a warm Boulder embrace and set up a few activities for them on Pearl Street to keep them occupied and out of trouble. A few suggestions:

    1. Cow-Tipping
    2. Eating corn cobs through a picket-fence
    3. Manure-toss contest
    4. Let each fan plant a no-branch sapling in the mall in honor of their family tree.

  8. I wonder if RG will have any words for Moos over goading his minions to make even bigger arses out of themselves. First glance would be funny if several red faced corn children found themselves in the Boulder slammer. Unfortunately that would probably give a certain woman regent more ammo against football.
    Its not easy being a Buff fan.

    1. I think the Huskers fans will humiliate themselves on their own. The last time they were in Folsom, there was a bunch of them who were totally obliterated. One fell into us in the stands and landed on top of my family. They were escorted out. You hear about the supposed classiness of their fans. I haven’t seen it but I do remember examples like “Sal is dead, Go Big Red.” as one historical example. Now we have the athletic director of Nebraska setting an immature tone. I guess this is what happens when people live vicariously through one sports team. PS- Shoemaker also needs to get a broader perspective on life and understand what the game brings to the university, the community, and to families. Between my wife and I, we have one doctorate, two masters degrees, and two bachelors degrees from the university. We get CU and are proud of all aspects of the school. We don’t go on public tirades and throw parts of CU under the bus for own self promotion. Go CU, go Buffs.

  9. Nice a transfer in. Excellent!!

    Buffs

    Note: I am just shocked that Mickey is not snapping up all those Buff defensive backs who entered the portal………………….cause…………..well….ya know….. he signed em.

  10. I wish Buff football fans would read this nonsense from Linda Shoemaker and realize that they have the power to vote her out of office, but yet they will continue to re-elect her and her ilk so long as they don’t have the dreaded “R” behind their name.

    1. Unfortunately she is representative of her constituency. I believe that she represents the district that includes Boulder county. So voting her out would probably mean someone more radical.

  11. I reflected. Yes I can still enjoy watching college football. I think a player has to be ignoring wifey available reports to be unaware of health risks related to playing football. The area that requires oversight is ensuring that when an injury occurs an independent 3rd party is available to evaluate and disallow further participation. That is where abuse is most susceptible and where an organization bears the most risk by not providing for independent oversight of injuries.

  12. Interesting to read about the walk on Marchiol. As to his past I’ll only comment the hope that the young man arrives eager and focused on proving to the world that he deserved his lofty 4* rating that previously afforded the linebacker most any Power 5 pick on where to play coming out of IMG Academy.

  13. I hate to admit it bur I’m pretty sure what most folks are gonna remember about the 2019 season is just how far the Buffs fell when they were already awful in 2018. Sigh…..

    1. Wait,,………………..So you are telling me that the Buffs will:
      A. Be worse than last year
      B. Have a worse record than last year
      C. Will lose more than 7 games in a row.
      D. Will once again bring out the “Snow Buffalo”
      E. Will do worse HC press conferences than last year?
      F. The HC will wear a worse gardening hat than the one wore last year.
      G. Will not get a bowl game
      H. Will have a HC on the sideline walking around in a daze while his team is being whipped
      I. Will have an Oline coach worse than last year.
      J. And so much more.

      Holy Buffalo fellow, now you just wait a minute. Yur letting 10 years of heartache ruin your thoughts on what really is real. They are gonna be just fine.

      Now go out back, run around the yard, have a beer and sit back and smile. Sheesh

      Uh Oh the return of the Mighty Buffalo

      Note: With a real oline coach you get a real oline. (First one in seven years)
      Note: With a real OC you get a real offense (First one in seven years)
      Note: So the Mighty Buffs QB will have his best year ever………………When it comes to wins.

      Special Note: AND THEY WILL BE FIGHTING BUT THEY WON’T BE GOING DOWN.

  14. We need to remind the corn nation (geez what a name) that the majority of their fans that will be in Folsom already live in Colorado. What does that tell you?

          1. Its called “damning with faint praise,” VK. Its a tool of derision you could use in your arsenal

  15. Sorry to see Wigley move on, but I congratulate him on his recent graduation. I had seen where he was listed as second on the always fluid post-spring depth chart behind Mekhi Blackmon. Based on that we now see K.J Trujillo elevated to second on that chart at left CB. Here’s figuring that injured Spring non-participants Chris Miller, Aaron Maddox, and Ronnie Blackmon will get a good look on that side once available, while hoping that one or more of the incoming recruits like Trustin Oliver, Mark Perry, and D.J Oats is able to catch on quick and turn heads.

  16. Stuart,
    Any idea of how much the endowment is? I understand if either party does not want to disclose the amount, but I am just curious since AD George said it is the largest in history.

    1. The rumor on the message boards is $5 million, but there has been no official word.
      Seems odd that Rick George would want to get the word out quickly (by tweet late on a Saturday night), but with no follow up information.

  17. Whoa DB’s leaving the area. What the hell is going on right out there in the Championship Center?

    Dante……………….
    Kevin………………..
    LJ……………………..
    Hasaan……………..

    Mel must be a tough one

    Buffs

    1. No VK, living in Boulder you’re protected with all the great PC ideas when it comes to all that doom and gloom stuff. I would say that Boulder will probably at least get a little extra special dispensation just because it’s Boulder, and you’ll get at least one summer of golf longer then the rest of us. Heck you just might be old enough in 12 plus years plus one last summer to shoot your age.

      1. Good point AZ. Good point.

        Go Buffs.

        Note: Based on the increase in my age and the increase in my handicap, that may never happen. Sheesh

  18. Had a cousin in school at Columbia in the late 60’s so another cousin and I went out there for a game. Worst college stadium I have been in. Hopefully they have torn it down and built something decent since then.

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